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NASA helped invent cordless power tools. Why? Why would NASA be interested in home improvement? Well, they weren’t. What they wanted was a way for their astronauts to dig on the surface of the moon. For science and stuff. Back in those days power tools needed a lot more energy and no one had figured out how to make batteries big or efficient enough. But NASA wanted its moon dust, and by george it was goingt to get it. They teamed up with Black & Decker and soon had a battery that worked. Not only did it make tools safer and smaller, they paved the way for other battery-based tech, like ipods and cell phones.
Just another innovation brought to you by government involvement in the economy.
NASA plans a robotic mission to search for life on Europa | io9
It looks like it’s finally going to happen, an actual mission to Jupiter’s icy moon Europa — one of the the solar system’s best candidates for hosting alien life.
Yesterday, NASA announced an injection of $17.5 billion from the federal government (down by $1.2 billion from its 2010 peak). Of this, $15 million will be allocated for “pre-formulation” work on a mission to Europa, with plans to make detailed observations from orbit and possibly sample its interior oceans with a robotic probe. Mission details are sparse, but if all goes well, it could be launched by 2025 and arriving in the early 2030s.